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Closing the attainment gap: Collaboration between schools in Sierra Leone

Mason, M.; Galloway, D.; Joyce-Gibbons, A.

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Authors

M. Mason

D. Galloway

A. Joyce-Gibbons



Abstract

Background: UK government policy views collaboration with outstanding schools as a way of helping apparently less successful schools to close the attainment gap. However, there has been little debate about criteria for defning a school's success or failure. Moreover it is unclear which aspects of outstanding schools could readily transfer to other schools. These questions applied when EducAid, an NGO with schools for disadvantaged children in Sierra Leone, was asked to provide a programme of workshops for teachers in neighbouring schools. Aims: (i) To establish whether EducAid's results justifed agreeing to the request; (ii) To identify key features of EducAid schools that could be transferable to neighbouring schools; (iii) To propose key features of an evaluation. Methods: Collection of national and local data and analysis of key features of EducAid schools that could, and could not, transfer to other schools. Findings: The limited available data supported a decision that EducAid schools should offer workshops for other schools. Key components of the programme are identifed, with a design including an ambitious evaluation framework. Conclusions: To our knowledge, this is the frst time that teachers in successful schools have been asked to provide a structured programme of workshops for teachers in neighbouring schools. Discussion focuses on the challenge of inter-school collaboration in a low-income country. This includes the tension between the models of pedagogy and interpersonal relations promoted in the CPD and the constraints imposed by the public examination system.

Citation

Mason, M., Galloway, D., & Joyce-Gibbons, A. (2018). Closing the attainment gap: Collaboration between schools in Sierra Leone. Educational and Child Psychology, 35(1), 27-39

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Feb 20, 2018
Online Publication Date Jun 1, 2018
Publication Date Jun 1, 2018
Deposit Date Aug 7, 2018
Publicly Available Date Jan 1, 2019
Journal Educational and Child Psychology
Print ISSN 0267-1611
Publisher The British Psychological Society
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 35
Issue 1
Pages 27-39
Publisher URL https://shop.bps.org.uk/publications/journals-and-periodicals/educational-child-psychology-vol-35-no-1-june-2018-closing-the-attainment-gap-what-gap.html

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